Health and Safety Update: CSO and Pops concerts canceled through May 31, 2020

Last updated 3.25.2020

In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s standing mass-gathering restrictions and his recent directive to stay at home, and in an effort to protect audiences, musicians, employees and the community from the spread of COVID-19, all remaining CSO and Pops concerts and events through May 31, 2020 are canceled.

The ongoing restrictions on assemblages of more than 10 people became immediately problematic for collaborative art forms such as ours to continue with rehearsals and production plans. Thus, it is with heavy hearts that the remaining performances this season must be canceled, including the CSO’s collaboration with the May Festival.


  • Lollipops: Peter and the Wolf Sensory-Friendly Rehearsal (March 24)
  • Chamber Players: Manny Ax & More (March 27)
  • Manny and Mozart (March 27 & 28)
  • Lollipops: Peter and the Wolf (March 28)
  • Young People’s Concert: Plugged In (March 31)
  • Beethoven 8 + Sō Percussion (April 3 & 4)
  • CSO Night/Light (April 4)
  • CSO Artist-in-Residence Guy Braunstein in Recital (April 16)
  • Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev (April 17 & 18)
  • CSYO Philharmonic Spring Concert (April 18)
  • CSO Proof: Surrealist el Tropical (April 22)
  • Chamber Players: Mendelssohn & Braunstein (April 24)
  • Mendelssohn + Strings (April 25 & 26)
  • CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side Concert (April 28)
  • DreamWorks Animation in Concert (May 1, 2 & 3)
  • Mozart’s Paris (May 8 & 9)
  • CSYO Concert Orchestra Spring Concert (May 9)
  • CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows Musical Matinee (May 9)
  • Mahler 3 + Adolphe Premiere (May 16 & 17)

Please note that the April 14 concert with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers is currently postponed with a new date TBD, pending scheduling capability.

The Louis on 125: The Luminaries event on April 30 will be streamed digitally on Facebook Live. Please visit the page to stay up to date with more details as the event approaches.

These cancellations will have a significant financial impact for the Orchestra. We are especially appreciative of our generous supporters who will consider donating their tickets for a tax credit. Throughout our 125-year history, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has navigated challenges and continues to thrive because of the strength of our community. Now, as always, we are grateful for our community’s extraordinary support.

How can you help?

Donate your tickets for a tax credit. Nearly one-third of audiences so far have chosen to donate their tickets for cancelled performances, which helps the Orchestra during this extraordinarily challenging time.

Subscribe. Show your support by ordering your season tickets for the 20/21 season now. We look forward to seeing you back in Music Hall when we can all be together again.

Donate. To help ensure the CSO’s future, please consider the role music plays in your lives and support your Orchestra with a gift of any amount at

Thank you for your continued support of the CSO and Pops.


What are my ticket options?

Donate your ticket. By donating your tickets, you'll receive a gift receipt for tax purposes, and you will continue to support our ability to share music with the Cincinnati community. Note: If you wish to donate your tickets, you do not need to call and the CSO sincerely thanks you for your donation. A tax donation receipt will be automatically mailed to you this summer.

Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate, which can be used at any time.

Hold value of your tickets "on account" or immediately apply your ticket value to future concerts. Contact the Box Office at 513.381.3300 or fill out this Google Form and let us know what you'd like to do.

Other options: Questions or other ticket needs, email us at or call the Box Office at 513.381.3300 (M-F 10-5; Sat 10-2). Please be aware that call volume will be heavy, and longer-than-usual wait times are to be expected. Don't want to wait on hold? Fill out this Google Form and let us know what you'd like to do. 

The Music Hall Box Office/Foyer are closed to in-person transactions until further notice. All ticket transactions must take place by phone or online. 

Ticket exchanges can be made until the end of May 2020. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

Louis Langrée, the CSO and May Festival perform

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